Saltaire Arts Trail

What a weekend! (I’m still recovering) The Saltaire Arts Trail was a huge success once again and we had thousands of visitors milling round the village, brochures in hand, going round the various different exhibitions, activities and installations that were part of the event.  Even the cold weather (is it really May?!) didn’t put a dampener on things and the Arts Trail ‘buzz’ was all around the place.

Because I’m involved in the organizing of this event as well as showing some work at it I was really busy in the run up and all weekend and I was poorly at the same time, so it is taking a few days to get back to the land of the living!



My work looked great in Paula’s lovely house.  It is quite a big deal to open up your house to thousands of strangers who tramp through to look at the artwork and to have a nosey inside your home.  Some of the people who agree to open their houses are selling their own work but others are not artists but want to be part of this lovely event.  To be able to see artwork in a domestic setting, particularly in a heritage location such as Saltaire, really makes things accessible and interesting to people.

I was particularly pleased with how one of my little books looked on the window sill with the beautiful garden beyond.

tide marks

I’m really pleased with how my tide marks series of work has turned out now it’s framed.  I’ve been lovingly working at, adding to, sorting and revisiting these small pieces of dyed, printed, stitched paper over the last few weeks.  But I always worried that they wouldn’t stand on their own as individual pieces.  Somehow by placing these things into frames they are transformed into the precious items that I already feel they are: it says ‘this is what they are’ to any other viewer that hasn’t had the relationship with them that I have.

These are quiet pieces, subtle.  I hope that whoever looks at them will be intrigued, drawn in by the play of different marks and textures.  They invite you to look closely, study the lines, see where the stitches go.  At least that’s how I feel about them.  I want them to intrigue people, please them and perhaps puzzle them.

These, as well as other work, will be shown next weekend at 6 Harold Place as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail.